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Angolan 'Pearls' in the handball African final after extra time

In what is already considered by many to be a game unsuitable for the faint of heart, the women's national handball team secured a place in the final of the African Championship, after beating the hosts Senegal by 24-21. The match was only decided after extra time.


The semi-final took place this Thursday night, at the Dakar Arena Pavilion, in Senegal. After going into the break with an advantage (12-10), the Angolan side conceded two draws to the Senegalese team, at 14 and 20 goals. The regulation time thus ended in a tie (20-20), largely thanks to the great defensive ability of the Angolan goalkeeper, Marta Alberto.

In the extra period, the national team put more pressure on, holding the tie in the first five minutes, but leading the hosts to several failures in the attack. Taking advantage of this lack of concentration on the part of the home team, at the beginning of the second half of extra time, Angola asserted its efficiency in the attack, scoring four goals and conceding just one.

The final result was thus established at 24-21, which allows the 'pearls' to pass to the African Handball final and the possibility of winning their 15th continental trophy.

In the other semi-final of the competition, Cameroon beat Congo by 27-25.

The Angolan women, holders of the title, thus have an appointment against Cameroon, in the final which will take place this Saturday from 6 pm local time (7 pm in Angola).

Still without defeats in the competition, Angola thus guaranteed qualification for the next handball world cup, along with their counterparts in Cameroon, Senegal and Congo.


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